then it was my turn to drive... boredom crept in, and i insisted on being entertained... the radio came on, and one thing lead to another....
we finally made it to delaware and we were welcomed with big brother hugs and cold drinks.
bru is obsessed with food, but bella, she likes her beer
the next morning, with creamy coffee and berry muffins in hand, we started out for the second half of the trip.
new york is one of those places on the drive from south carolina to maine that you sit up and take notice. partly because you have to or you'll get into an accident, but mainly because the energy in that city is contagious. it's beautiful in so many ways that maine is not - it is crowded, dirty, and if we stop for gas in new york, my pulse increases just a tad, but it is full of life and diversity...and i was secretly hoping that i might spot carrie bradshaw and that this song would come on....
i love that on each side of 87 you can see these two opposing views
my dogs...they couldn't be more perfect. i'm pretty sure bru can smell maine...i think he's like me in that way, he notices the different scent of that state. the fresh, cool, wind blown smell... it carries you... it's comforting.
if you look close you can see the christy's red yaris in the back -holla!
oh, it was sunny in maine- filled with pine tree scents, campfire smoke and love. it brings tears to my eyes to describe this place we call camp. getting there you pass old farms, wildflower fields growing blacked eyed susans and silvery birch trees that wave in the wind.
i had to take a couple of deep breaths. i was excited, but in a way nervous. camp has this special place carved out in my heart - no other place can compete. it is where mike proposed, where we married, and where the dogs run free. it is the place we ran to when we had nowhere else to go... it is the place where my family gathered, and where crisp fall breezes and warm wood fires slowly soothed my broken heart.
my family was excited.
we kicked the night off with a champagne toast from one of the most thoughtful guys know...
followed by an alaskan fish dinner
and the next day was just as sunny as the first
we played games while getting ready for the big day
tossing a random dance party in the mixthanks christy for the pictures!
one of my favorite nights of vacation at the red barn.
group shot! although no one's excitement about the field of cattails compared to mine.
then, the day my mom had been planning for. i'm pretty sure she needs to quit her day job and become a party/wedding planner.
fourth of july olympics
kicked off with the lighting of the torch and raising of the flag
and, as the sun set and the yard slowly illuminated with tiki torches, we lounged by the water, talked by the fire and slowly made our way back up the hill for more games.